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Family's plea for help

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 31, 2013

A NADI family is seeking assistance for rebuilding their house which was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Sole breadwinner Umesh Prasad said the roof of their house was blown away by the cyclone and for the past weeks the 10-member family had been living in their home under a tarpaulin.

Mr Prasad visited the district office in Nadi seeking for assistance and was only given food rations.

He said he didn't have enough money to rebuild their home; the family had to resort to collecting roofing iron to repair their home.

"I am the only one working in the family and I earn about $100 a week," he said.

"My main priority is to look after our daily survival and support my kids' education.

"I have approached the government for assistance and we are grateful to have been given with food rations and a tarpaulin.

"But during heavy rain, some of our household belongings get wet since only half of the roof is covered."

Nadi district officer Peni Koro said the government would only rebuild homes of people who have secured legal leaseholds or those residing in registered villagers.

"Unfortunately, for this Nadi family they don't have a land title but we are liaising with NGOs to assist them," Mr Koro said.


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